Flowers bloom amid lakeside sand dunes at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Earth Day, Every Day – And All Through April on WPT

Wisconsin has a lot to celebrate as we think about Earth Day – now and all through the month of April. We’re the home of Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson and pioneering wildlife ecologist Aldo Leopold, as well as the members of Native nations who continue to care for the land they still inhabit.

Check out these suggestions for programs airing on WPT in the coming weeks – some of which are also available for viewing anytime online or on your digital device.

Read on for our top picks!

A starry sunset over a West Virginia riverNEW ON INDEPENDENT LENS
What Lies Upstream
9 p.m. Monday, April 16 | Trailer
Travel to West Virginia in this detective story that uncovers the troubling truth behind a massive chemical spill that left 300,000 people without drinking water for months.

Look & See: Wendell Berry’s Kentucky
9 p.m. Monday, April 23 | Trailer
Experience the shifting rural landscapes and values in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the mind’s eye of writer and farmer Wendell Berry.

More Independent Lens to enjoy on air and online (click dates for links to clips):

SEED: The Untold Story
11 a.m. Sunday, April 1 | Trailer
See how seed keepers around the world are determined to protect humanity’s 12,000-year-old food legacy.

Containment
10:30 p.m. Friday, April 20 | Trailer
Explore the startling failure to manage waste and our attempts to plan for our radioactive future.

The Great Invisible
10:30 p.m. Friday, April 27 | Trailer
Explore the stories behind the disastrous Deepwater Horizon oil spill, from fallout to aftermath.

Painting of paddlers along the shore, with a village and factory smokestacks behind them.

OTHER NEW PROGRAMS
Shifting Sands: On the Path to Sustainability
11 a.m. Sunday, April 15 | Trailer
Examine the decades-long effort to create the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore amid the presence of heavy industry along Lake Michigan.

Searching for Sustainability
9 p.m. Tuesday, April 17
Explore the relationships between people and resources through stories from people searching for a sustainable balance.

NOVA: Decoding the Weather Machine
7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18 (two hours!)
Trailer | Prologue
Discover how Earth’s intricate climate system is changing. Why do scientists overwhelmingly agree, and how can we be resilient?

Cavers look into the opening of a woodland cavern

LOCAL INTEREST
Mysteries of the Driftless
10:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 | Trailer
Explore the natural mysteries and wonders of Wisconsin’s Driftless Area and its rare ecosystems.

Yahara Watershed: A Place of Change
12 p.m. Sunday, April 22 | Watch online now!
Learn how agriculture and urban life coexist alongside 370,000 people in the Yahara Watershed.

More from Here & Now:
A Look Into the Future of the Yahara Watershed
Steve Carpenter Explains “Yahara 2070” Project

Young children hold up signs protesting environmental destructionOTHER PROGRAMS
American Masters: A Fierce Green Fire
12 p.m. Sunday, April 1
Trailer | Got Passport? Watch online now!
Robert Redford, Ashley Judd and other stars narrate this exploration of the environmental movement.

Jens Jensen: The Living Green
12 p.m. Sunday, April 15
Interview with co-producer Carey Lundin
Meet a pioneering urban designer and early conservationist.

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